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Premier Mike Baird during a recent Filipino function in Sydney

Philippine based Cebu Pacific Air announces Sydney service

Premier Mike Baird during a recent Filipino function in Sydney
Premier Mike Baird during a recent Filipino function in Sydney

The NSW state government led by Premier Mike Baird welcomed the entry of Philippine-based Cebu-Pacific Air to the Australian market.

NSW Deputy Premier, Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Tourism and Major Events Andrew Stoner joined the premier in lauding this latest business development.

Low-cost carrier Cebu Pacific has announced new services between Manila and Sydney commencing 9 September 2014.

Mr Baird welcomed the announcement and said to new airline services  would bring the two cities closer together.

“It is great to see Cebu Pacific  has open a direct link with Sydney, providing more options for those wishing to travel to NSW to visit love ones and do business,” Mr Baird said.

:There are 70,000 people of Filipino heritage living in NSW  and this new airline link will make it easier for this community to maintain contact with love ones in the Philippines.”

“The NSW government continue to work hard to ensure Sydney and NSW  is an attractive global destination for people to visit, work, study and invest.” Mr Baird said.

Mr Stoner said Cebu Pacific Air’s  decision to offer a direct air services to Sydney was a great win for tourism, trde and investment.

“I was excited to meet with Cebu Pacific Air’s people earlier this year to discuss their plans and I look forward to their services starting in September,” Mr Stoner said.

“The decision represents a he vote of confidence in NSW as a destination-of-choice with tourists, international students, and people doing business in the state.”

“Tody’s announcement will  lead t an increase in the number of seats available o this route by more than 226,000 each year. The increased passenger capacity will see more people travel to Sydney as we work toward our goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure by 2020.

“The latest International Visitor Survey  shows more than 28,000 visitors from the Philippines contribute about $61 million to the NSW economy in the year to March 2014.”

Cebu Pacific Air will offer  four flights each week between Manila and Sydney, before expanding to five weekly services by the end of 2014.”